Today's Hot Baby Names: King, Major, Messiah
Military, aristocracy titles are the new presidential names
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2013 8:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The top baby names for 2012 were a pretty unsurprising bunch: Jacob (taking the No. 1 spot for the 14th consecutive year), Mason, and Ethan for boys; Sophia (for the 2nd year in a row), Emma, and Isabella for girls. More interesting: the fastest rising names, which include Major, Messiah, King, and Maverick, reports the AP. One baby name expert says this trend of "aggrandizing names" is part of a long American tradition. "We've pretty much run out of presidential names, all the Jeffersons and Jacksons and Madisons," she said, "so we're moving on to the aristocracy, I guess, or to the military."

The data comes from the Social Security Administration's annual list of popular baby names. According to the list, the fastest rising name for girls is Arya—possibly inspired by the popular character Arya Stark from HBO's Game of Thrones? Next were Perla, Catalina, and Elisa. On the other end of the list, the names most rapidly losing popularity are Braeden, Yahir, and Kieran for boys, and Dulce, Mikaela, and Estrella for girls. Quirky side note: Messiah, Major, and King are all banned baby names in New Zealand.

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wzup
Aug 13, 2013 1:33 PM CDT
Name him Trevon
BrushMan
May 10, 2013 12:56 PM CDT
My wife's friend used to teach in a southern slum. One of her kid's name was "Vagina." Thanks mom.
NobodyKnows
May 10, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
In the meanwhile Latrina is hanging in there. I know of two Latrinas.